Nigeria: Jumia Records Lowest Losses Since IPO

Jumia Technologies, a prominent Pan-African e-commerce company, has announced its most favorable Adjusted EBITDA losses since its IPO.

The company’s steadfast commitment to strategic growth initiatives has translated into promising outcomes, as indicated in the Q3 2023 earnings report, as per the company’s financial statement.

The report said under the stewardship of its Group CEO, Francis Dufay, Jumia’s commitment to a transformative blueprint initiated in Q4 2022 has proven pivotal. In the area of reduced losses and enhanced value proposition, the report said the resolute focus on core categories—Phones, Electronics, Home & Living, Fashion, and Beauty—has yielded tangible improvements. Jumia’s emphasis on tailoring offerings to meet customer needs in these key markets has notably enhanced repurchase rates among new customers. Additionally, there is a discernible uptick in the average order value (AOV) for physical goods, signaling an evolving customer engagement strategy that resonates with the market’s demands. This strategic pivot, evident in the considerable 74 per cent year-over-year reduction in Sales and Advertising expenses, amounting to $4.3 million, aligns with the company’s pursuit of creating a stronger value proposition. Furthermore, the 67 per cent year-over-year decrease in Adjusted EBITDA loss, reaching $14.9 million, stands as a testament to Jumia’s concerted efforts toward profitability.

Reviewing the report, Dufay emphasized that the standout aspect of the Q3 2023 report is the notable increase in the Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) of physical goods across five countries. This growth signifies a shift towards more efficient economics and sustained expansion, aligning seamlessly with Jumia’s core business strategy.

As per the report, Jumia’s unwavering commitment to operational efficiency is highlighted by a notable achievement: a fulfillment expense per order has reached $2.1, signifying a substantial 26% year-over-year reduction. Remarkably, these efficiencies have been achieved alongside the company’s strategic expansion into secondary cities across Africa, underscoring the dedication to reaching underserved regions.

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